Student Veteran Child Care Pilot: A new funding opportunity from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

Student veterans stand at a critical juncture in their transitions from military service to civilian life. Because they often come to college and universities later in life, it is not unusual for these student veterans – particularly women student veterans - to have young children who require care while parents attend classes, study or work part…

­ Commitment to people with disabilities and Employment First

This blog was originally posted on Employee News By Richard WilsonDevelopmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division People with disabilities face long standing barriers obtaining competitive employment. Recent pre-COVID-19 data shows the overall jobless rate for people with disabilities at two times that of people without disabilities, and if you experience a developmental disability, the rate…

Caregiver Respite for Caregivers of Persons with Disabilities: A new VSHSL funding opportunity

Parents, friends and family of children and adults with disabilities are often called upon to do the essential but difficult work providing unpaid care for a loved one. In King County, currently 70 percent of people living with a disability reside with a family caregiver, and 23 percent of those family caregivers are themselves older…

Understand Community Priorities: A new funding opportunity from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

The King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) has set aside funds to commission community-led research that provides King County an assessment of strengths, barriers and needs of geographic, cultural or experiential communities in King County. A new funding opportunity is available from the VSHSL to support persons, tribes and/or community-based organizations to develop, conduct, and…

New funding for behavioral health services in rural King County

Rural populations face significant health disparities compared to their urban counterparts. Rural community members are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke than community members in urban areas. Risk factors contributing to these health disparities include social isolation, stigma, lower socioeconomic status, higher rates of health…

Hear From DCHS Staff on Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month and How They Empower Communities

Affinity Groups, also known as Employee Resource Groups (ERG), focus on protected categories of people as defined by federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. These employee groups address racism and other forms of oppression to advance the County’s equity and social justice goals—enhancing the King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic plan through their vital work.…